Friday, 1 August 2014

Red Arrows

My DH recently went to the RIAT (Royal International Air Tattoo) at Fairford with a couple of his friends and his 12 year old god-son. The array of photography equipment that they took with them was eye-popping, and after they got back of course came the task of sorting through the photos. They took over 10,000 photos between them - I swear I'm not exaggerating.

When his god-son's 13th birthday came up, it wasn't difficult to decide on a card, and this week's Sketch Saturday sketch helped it all come together.


I used a free cloud embossing folder that came with a magazine, and which I've been planning to try out for ages. It looks fabulous, doesn't it? The Red Arrows were taken from one of their photos and cut using my Silhouette. How appropriate.

I'm also entering into Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge of "anything".

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

It never began life as a rainbow

You know when you wonder what will happen if you try something, and you find the time and the courage to give it a go, and you learn things but don't end up with what you started out to do? That was me yesterday. I was aiming for last week's CASology challenge of "run", and I had the bright idea of letting ink run. Nobody else seemed to have thought of that, and I had until 6pm to make something of it.

I discovered that I had the wrong card-stock, and the wrong ink. The card-stock soaked up the ink like blotting paper. Huh. Well some of it - I had a lovely selection of different inks: Smooch Spritz, Distress Stains and Dylusions mists. I can tell you now - they don't mix! The Smooch smears all over the craft mat and leaves bits of glimmer in splodges. The other inks all bead. And my Evergreen Distress Stain poured out of the dauber in a great whoosh and soaked itself up under my fingernails in a really ghoulish way. I'll have to remember that at Halloween, because 2 showers and many scrubbings later, I still look distinctly oxygen deprived around the extremities.

After dripping and dropping these inks, diluting them, painting them, spilling them, blowing them about with my heat gun and generally making a mess, I decided to cut my losses and just wipe my remaining card-stock over the craft sheet and see what happened. It was nearly 6pm by then and I had waved goodbye to my deadline, so what was there to lose?

I lost last week's challenge, and gained a whole bunch of rainbows, which just happens to be THIS week's challenge. What a coincidence!

I turned one piece into this card for my DH's godson's 8th birthday. He and his black Siamese cat have a special relationship. I cut this little cutie with my Silhouette and not a little trouble, but we got there in the end.


I'm hoping this is CAS enough for:
CASology: rainbow
Less Is More: anything as long as it's CAS
Simon Says Stamp: emboss it (the greeting at the bottom is dry embossed)
Cute Card Thursday: for the birds

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

It's behind you!

It was my niece's 11th birthday yesterday, and I was hard put to think of something suitable for her card. In the past she's been into tropical fish, Dora the Explorer, Hello Kitty, and Moshi Monsters, but this year's craze is loom bands in a big and exclusive way. Really not great for a card subject.

I consulted MIL about it, and she came up with the brilliant idea of the school pantomime "Aladdin trouble" {groan} in which my niece has been playing Widow Twankey - and also Widow Twinkey for some complicated reason that I didn't fully get my head around.

What a great excuse to use my brand new Bo Bunny Enchanted Garden 6"x6" paper pack! With the aid of on-line colouring pages, my Copic markers and some home printed greetings, my niece got a card which she and her little friend pronounced as "cool". And if that isn't high praise from a pair of tweens, I don't know what is.


Here is the inside. I couldn't resist bringing pantomime humour in somehow.


I'm entering this into the following challenges:
Charisma Cardz: anything goes
Cute Card Thursday: pretty papers
Sketch Saturday: this sketch

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Frozen!

Yes I know, this is going to get THAT SONG going round your heads for the rest of the day, and for this I apologise. Hehee!

My cousin's eldest turned 5 on Tuesday. When I asked her mother what her current craze was, I was told anything to do with Frozen, so I got her a purple t-shirt and the DVD. Of course, that meant that she had to have a Frozen birthday card too, which gave me carte blanche to go back to being a little girl myself again and play with colouring-in, glimmer, glitter and shine.


The snowflakes are from Sizzix's framelits set which includes matching stamps. The felt snowflake border is from Little Yellow Bicycle and the background paper is from Bo Bunny's Midnight Frost collection. I printed the image from the net, and coloured it using about half the Copic markers that I own, so I'm afraid I can't give you the numbers. Add Stickles Diamond and Wink of Stella in clear, silver and gold, and this is a card that shines with its own light.

I'm really looking forward to finding out how she liked it all, but really I know she loved it.

In other news, it's the final week of the World Cup, and what a week! With Germany wiping the floor with Brazil in a 7-1 massacre, and Argentina and Holland spinning out their goalless match until long past our bed-time with Argentina winning 4-2 on penalties... wow, what will the final bring? I don't know about you, but our fridge will be stocked with beer ready for Sunday night's final.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Virtual Blog Hop!

The lovely Tanya, one of my beautiful friends from Oklahoma, has asked me to take part in a virtual blog hop, so here I am! I think the idea is to share what we have all been doing recently, so that we can share, be inspired by, and admire the work and creative processes of other people who we might not otherwise have "met". That's a great idea, isn't it?

Here's a little bit about me and what I've been working on lately.

1) What am I working on?
Andy, the Rector of our parish, asked me to make 50-odd stars for the church to give out to the school children and their teachers. Each has a quotation about spirituality, which needed printing in exactly the right place on the card, which I then die-cut and matted onto a bigger die-cut star. A punched silver star was then stuck on and a hole punched through for silver ribbon to be tied so that the stars can be hung up.

I made something similar in hearts, for a recent church wedding fayre, and they were very popular. Here they are before I tied the silver ribbon on. Andy wanted to add essential oil to the ribbons, and the first ribbon I got turned out not to be absorbent at all - oops. I had to get some more, and then there wasn't enough so I had to raid my stash.


I am also scrapbooking as usual, but with a slightly simpler style than I normally do:


This one was made for National Scrapbooking Day at our monthly Bristol Scrappers crop. Usually I bring home a handful of half-finished pages and never finish them, but I actually finished this one.


And here are a couple of my latest cards, one experimenting with a new embossing folder that I got for Christmas, and the other a design lifted from Pinterest, but I did come up with the greeting myself:





2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Well I don't know. That makes what I do sound pretty posh and professional, and I'm only a hobby crafter. I make cards for family and friends and the choir, so I'm constantly on the look-out for ideas for designs. My scrap-book pages are mostly in response to challenges, either sketches, lifts or technique challenges, so they are different every time because I'll try most things once.

3) Why do I write/create what I do?
I love playing with colour. I love being creative and using what tools and materials I have to design new things. I love giving my cards away, strangely enough.

I quite like blogging about it all too, because I can organise my rambling thoughts into (also rambling but not quite as random!) words and clarify things in my own head. I like showing off what I've done - don't we all?

4) How does your writing/creating process work?
That's a tough one. I have to start with a need: I mean someone's birthday coming up, or a challenge to enter.

For a card, I think about what the recipient is interested in. I try hard to steer away from those generic old cars and golf for the men, although they can be so difficult. Then I find a challenge that fits the bill and looks fun, and go from there. And thinking about it, I use the same principle for LOs, trying to keep to the subject matter. I love challenges.


Next I will pass you on to Georgina, fellow Scrap-Whisperer, line-dancer and friend, who I met in 2008 through an American scrapbooking site while I was living in Singapore. It turned out that she works for the same company I used to work for, and lives not 6 miles from where I went to school. How freaky can you get? Haha!

Georgina will post on Monday June 16th, so please go and check out her blog. See if you can work out how many cats she has?

Thanks for the inspiration to write, Tanya. I'm going to enjoy going back through everybody's blogs and joining the dots!

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Happy Easter!

I want to show you my latest card. What with having a week away in South Devon, then the kitchen work tops replaced due to a faulty joint (and I'm not even going into all the hassle that caused), then being away for a family funeral last week, crafting has rather been pushed onto the back burner lately. Oh and I've got shingles. Pfft. Hopefully life will return to normal very soon - whatever normal actually is!

Meanwhile, have a look at these. For Less Is More's "smile" (rainbow colours always make me smile) and Papertake Weekly's "Easter". Also for Pixie's Crafty Workshop's Snippets challenge, because you may recognise the doily as being used as a mask on the Mothering Sunday cards I made a few weeks ago. If that doesn't count as recycling, I don't know what does. Hehee!


Thursday, 20 March 2014

Pink all over

#171 is the final Scrap Whispers challenge in this game. It is to create your page from one of the delicious colour palettes provided. That's all! Easy, right?

I chose this sugary pink palette:

to make this LO:

You can play too, for just 2 more days. Actually, you can choose any of the challenges for this game, as long as you enter them within 2 days, and you will be entered in the Grand Prize Draw. Go on over and have a look? http://www.scrapwhispers.com/

I also want to show you this pretty, pretty card that I made for a friend's birthday. I'm entering it into these challenges:

Less Is More: masking/stencils (I used a doily as a mask)
CASology: blush (pink, obviously!)
Simon Says Stamp: glitter (Pink Stickles)


Thanks for looking, and have a happy first day of spring!